Dear V for Vendetta,
Let me begin by saying what a pleasure it was to finally see you. For years now, I’ve heard great things about you. You see, in my personal DVD collection, there are films that I have yet to see. I have them because I am pretty sure that I will enjoy them given that most, if not all, have called those films great ones. For some reason, I had doubts about simply buying you on DVD and watching you eventually. So I did what I could to watch you online and finally got to see you through YouTube’s new movie section. I am very glad to say that I can’t wait to add you to my personal collection of films.
As I watched you – with great excitement – I couldn’t help but think about how very conservative Catholics, like my parents, and others like them would feel about you as a film. You present a character known as V who never reveals his true identity, and yet is a man that everyone knows for his beliefs and his actions. They always say that actions speak louder than words, and his actions certainly speak loudly. The fact that he kills those who have done more harm than good for England is what can lead people to wonder about whether or not they would enjoy this kind of film. Before people judge what happens in a film, they should watch to discover the messages that the film wants to deliver.
One of the great things that you prove as a film is that a strong love story will always help a film to be successful. While nobody would think about a love story when they hear V for Vendetta, you have to give credit to the subtle scenes about the love that V feels that truly show the film’s true mask. This is filmmaking at its very best because as an audience, we anticipate watching what we know about the film, but it is the hidden messages and twists in the plot that makes the film fun to watch. While fun can mean different things for people of different film tastes, we all want to see a film that entertains, inspires, and challenges us.
I think the pace at which you move may be one of the most overlooked characteristics of your brilliance on screen. There is never a time where I’m curious about the ending too soon, or feel like you are telling your story too slowly. Instead, I’m swept away by how quickly, yet effectively, you develop V’s mission to perfection, and how a subtle love story changes the outcome of the film. The on-screen chemistry between Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman was as good as it gets. The supporting cast, music, and stunning visual effects combine to be the cherry on top. You are visually enchanting, and deeply inspiring. You left me thinking why on Earth did I not buy you on DVD? Now, it is only a matter of time before I do.